anonymous Asks ...
I am a compulsive eater or binger. I want to know if there are any medicines I can buy in the drug store that can help me to lose weight and to stop eating compulsively. Will regular diet pills work for me?
Jim LaPierre Says ...
Over the counter medications for weight loss are primarily caffeine pills. The use of any stimulant tends to reduce appetite and speed up metabolism. The fact that you're eating compulsively suggests that you're using food to cope with your emotions. If you're going to stop using food then you're going to need to pick a new form of coping - otherwise you're likely to fight a losing battle. I encourage you to use a food journal - writer down everything you're eating and everything you're feeling. When people are compulsive or obsessive - they are always avoiding something. Getting to the heart of the matter and resolving whatever you're avoiding will likely be more beneficial than diet pills. There are no short cuts that don't cost more in the long run.
Everyone knows to eat healthy and exercise and yet we want nothing to do with it. Listen to your body and give it what it wants. Overeating feels good emotionally and bad physically. Do what you will - but be honest with yourself about it - it will look different on paper than it does in your head. Good luck!